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New Year @ MichaelValiant.com

2009!

Where on earth did 2008 go?  My baby turns 1 year old in a few days and it really does just feel like a few weeks ago that I was in the hospital as she cried for the first time (she raised hell when she got a needle in the leg… what can I say, I’ve taught my kids to tell it like it is! ;) )

The number one lesson I learned in the last 52 weeks is something that I’ve known, and said out loud for years; but it really hit home this year:

There is way more opportunity (read – things to do) than time

Now, I’m not one for new year’s resolutions, I really don’t believe in them (I DO believe that if we don’t try to improve a little bit more each and every day, what’s the whole point of being here anyway!) But that being said, this year I’d like to set out some goals

As my job with 1ShoppingCart evolves, I’ll be taking on new and exciting challenges to help try and grow the business, improve our services and try to figure out how to better solve the needs of our growing merchant base (that’s you! or at least some of you)

So one of the main things I’d like to acheive this year, is to use this blog as a space where I can investigate, learn, and otherwise sound-out the many issues that small businesses struggle with as we move towards the close of the first decade of the millenium.

I really believe that, in order to be successful we need to help make you successful (because that’s really what it’s all about right!?), and the only way to do that is to ensure I, and we, really understand what it is you’re going through on a day to day basis, so we can be there to help where we can.

So, my #1 goal for 2009, is to be dedicated to you, through this blog; understand the issues, answer questions, and solve problems.

I know I’ve neglected posting over the past few months (Christmas is our busy season and I’ve been crazy, but that’s no excuse), but I hope that once I get ramped up again, you’ll feel free to step in and join the conversation.